Trump cutting federal jobs


President Trump is keeping his promise to cut the fat in the federal government, which is reflected in data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In 2017, the number of people working for the federal government — TSA, postal workers, and IRS agents, for example — has gone down by 13,000.

Government employment, however, had an overall increase of 7,000 new jobs as the number of people working at the state government level and the local government level both went up.

State governments added 15,000 workers—with employment at that level of government rising from 5,085,000 in December 2016 to 5,100,000 in September. And local governments added 36,000 workers—going from 14,395,000 in December 2016 to 14,431,000 in September, according to the BLS report.

Manufacturing jobs had seen an increase last December, but that ended in September as the nation lost 1,000 jobs in that sector.

“Manufacturing employment was essentially unchanged in September (-1,000),” the BLS said in its monthly employment release. “From a recent employment trough in November 2016 through August of this year, the industry had added an average of 14,000 jobs per month.”

In December 2016, the federal government employed 2,819,000 people. In September, according to the preliminary numbers released last week by BLS, it employed 2,806,000.

However, while the federal government workforce has declined by 13,000 this year, the total number of people working for government in the United States (including state and local government) has increased by 38,000—rising from 22,299,000 in December 2016 to 22,337,000 in September.

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